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Remain Silent: The gripping new crime thriller from the Sunday Times bestselling author: Book 3 Paperback – 7 July 2021
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- Publisher : HarperCollins GB (7 July 2021)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 368 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0008273847
- ISBN-13 : 978-0008273842
- Dimensions : 12.9 x 2.3 x 19.8 cm
- Best Sellers Rank: 499,841 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
- Customer Reviews:
‘Steiner combines a compelling plot with chilling social commentary’ Sunday Times
‘Wonderful… a twisting mystery of modern Britain’ Mail on Sunday
‘My favourite fictional detective… a writer whose characters you’ll miss after you turn the final page’ Daily Express
‘Taut and intelligent…a portrait of a very real woman, one for whom the job isn’t everything, but who isn’t fulfilled by motherhood either’ Observer
‘An ideal protagonist for our times’ Guardian
“My favourite new detective… deeply enjoyable” Sunday Express
‘Her best yet, which is saying something’ INDIA KNIGHT
‘So spot-on about love, relationships, middle-age, being a woman. The plot … broke my heart’
‘Brilliantly gripping… Manon Bradshaw is one of my favourite literary creations of all time. I’m so envious of Susie’s talent. Her writing is truly without parallel’
‘Hurrah for DI Manon Bradshaw in all her tender, outrageously rude, insightful and flawed magnificence… Perfect. Loved it’
‘Made me laugh, kept me guessing till the end and made me care long after I’d closed the book. No one writes crime fiction like Susie Steiner: Agatha Christie as scripted by Victoria Wood or Alan Bennett’
‘Addictive, intelligent, funny and humane. I’m pathetically desperate for more’
‘Brilliant; I cherished every page. Funny, tender, wise, angry and completely gripping, this book is a joy. Manon is a glorious heroine and Susie Steiner is a writer beyond compare’
‘Susie Steiner is a genius … heartbreaking and hilarious, profound and page-turning, this book contains multitudes’ LUCIE WHITEHOUSE
‘Funny, and sad, and astonishingly smart’
‘Remain Silent is as twisty, as riveting and as well written as her previous two appearances’ LISSA EVANS
The gripping new crime thriller from the Sunday Times bestselling author
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I thought it was an apt, relevant and good alternative choice of subject to the usual of sex, money and power although in one sense, they were there too. Like others, I thought the writing about the daily life of a middle aged woman was spot on and it probably wasn’t a barrel of laughs, but so well done - and still with the humour.
I read in the end piece, that the author had been seriously ill, together with her lack of vision. What a fantastic achievement in the middle of all that. It’s great anyway, that just adds to my admiration for a a great book.
The book is primarily about making sense of life from all these different perspectives, with the murder theme bringing them together. Be prepared for digression - there's an epic two-page rant on marriage from Manon (partially contradicted a few pages later) - and for the grim backdrop of abused immigrant slave labour. But you'll wait a long time to read a more thought-provoking novel.
The victim is Lithuanian and part of the story is narrated by him and his friend, Matis, as they detail their journey to Britain on the promise of well-paid work only to find themselves debt bonded to brutal Eastern European gang-masters and facing hostility from locals who see them as dirty, job-stealing, foreigners.
The rest of the book is told from the point of view of Manon herself and her sergeant, Davy Walker.
The first two books in this series had Manon fretting about finding a man and settling down to family life. Now she has her man, Mark, and two sons. And she’s still fretting about all the messy reality of family life whilst coping with a potentially devastating diagnosis for Mark.
Positive points? I liked Elise, teenage daughter of one of the Neanderthal locals, who takes a fancy to Matis. Possibly because she holds on to her picture of a better future despite everything life throws at her. And I can’t deny the author’s ability with description – I could almost smell the horror of the migrants’ shared house.
But neither of those things compensate for the dip in pace as we dive once more into someone’s internal angst.
When I started this series I thought I’d found a new author to follow but I honestly don’t think I can stand any more of the relentless misery. I know it’s a miserable subject but the double dose of Manon’s negativity on top, is just a reality too far for me. Based on my own enjoyment of the book I didn’t feel I could give it more than three and a half.
In this case men from Lithuania- promised all sorts by slave gatherers- arrive in Norfolk. It turns out that they have left one ghastly home life and arrived at an even worse situation. The men are treated appallingly. They have their personal possessions taken from them, are fed meagre diets, are housed In cramped, dirty conditions and toil all hours for a pittance. Men/women who don’t toe the line ‘disappear’.
The tensions between local people and the migrants are ongoing, with frequent marches and demonstrations.
Into this cauldron of discontent one of the workers is found hanging and the circumstances are suspicious. So begins a police enquiry, led by Manon and Davy, the detectives.
The author gives backgrounds of the two main Lithuanians- Lukas and Matis, narrated alternately with the police aspect. Within the grim details are moments of dark humour created by Manon.
The book is more insightful than exciting or gripping. Some parts are pretty boring and the ending just fizzles out to a ‘damp squib’.